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Civil society participation in international decision making: recent developments and future perspectives in the indigenous rights arena

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This article focuses on key issues and recent developments concerning indigenous peoples' involvement in international decision making affecting their rights and interests. Based on a human rights-based approach to participation, it suggests that while a number of positive steps have been taken to allow indigenous peoples the possibility to take part to, and influence, relevant intergovernmental decision-making processes, there's a need to provide their own self-governing institutions and organisations with a more influential status than that granted to civil society organisations (CSOs) generally, whereby they can exercise different levels of participatory rights, depending upon the nature of the indigenous rights and interests at stake, and on the anticipated impact of the proposed decisions on them.

Keywords: civil society; consultation; free; indigenous NGOs; indigenous self-governing institutions and organisations; participatory rights; prior and informed consent

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Law School,University of Liverpool,

Publication date: January 1, 2012


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